Jack Straw

Jack Straw has been Labour MP for Blackburn since 1979 and is a former Home Secretary (1997-2001), Foreign Secretary (2001-6), and Lord High Chancellor and Justice Secretary (2007-10).

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In today's relaxed Tehran, headscarves are being worn back from the face

Jack Straw: In Hasan Rouhani’s Iran, you can feel the winds of change

Ex-home secretary Jack Straw returns from a visit to Tehran convinced that it’s time for the West to rethink its relationship with the regime

Has Abu Hamza hurt British justice? And does it matter if Andrew Mitchell said the word 'pleb'?

The former Home, Foreign and Justice Secretary answers questions on the issues that have dominated headlines over the past week. Do you agree with him?

Right of Reply

The Home Secretary responds to criticism made in a recent article by Donald Macintyre

Good government needs scrutiny and challenge

UNDER THE draft Bill that I published yesterday, everyone in the United Kingdom will have the right of access to information held by bodies across the public sector. This will have a profound and significant impact on the relationship between government and the citizen.

Right of Reply: Jack Straw

The Home Secretary responds to our criticism of his Green Paper on the family

Letter: Freeing of McAliskey

YOUR headline "decision to free McAliskey made on political grounds" (11 March) was not even supported by the story beneath it, still less by the truth.

Letter: Sleaze: Tories finally act after 18 years

Sir: Yet again the Tories are following in Labour's footsteps. Your report "Tories would make bribing MPs a crime" (10 April) comes hot on the heels of our Sunday announcement that Labour will make bribery involving Members of Parliament a criminal offence.

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Jack Straw, Labour's home affairs spokesman, explains the curfew plans

LETTER : Boot camps do not work

Sir: The announcement (18 April) of plans to establish a military- style boot camp for young offenders in Colchester suggests that the Home Secretary, Michael Howard, is more concerned with appearing tough than with taking effective action to cut youth crime.

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